Ro Khanna Wants Airlines to be Fined for Travel Woes
India-West News Desk
FREMONT, CA – With stories of canceled and delayed flights pouring in and seemingly to be the state of affairs over the summer, Rep. Ro Khanna, has now joined Senator Bernie Sanders and others in calls to Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg to leash in the airline industry.
In a letter published June 30, Khanna, a Sanders supporter, charged the department of transportation as, “lacking the urgency, imagination, and boldness to meet the moment and needs of the American people.”
Khanna suggested the Obama admin regulation of 2009 which fined airlines $27,500 per passenger for excessive delays on the tarmac.
“After three hours, the airlines had to allow passengers to go back to the gates or face stiff penalties,” Khanna wrote in the letter. “I urge you to consider following in your predecessors’ footsteps and determine the best way to fix our country’s air travel issues.” DoT has said the fines had worked out well for passengers.
Buttigieg while not addressing Khanna, said airlines were being monitored to see how they were dealing with their customer responsibilities.